Happy Thursday! Here’s a look at what’s happening today:
Seminoles ink new gaming compact
The Seminole Tribe of Florida has reached a multibillion-dollar deal with the state of Florida. The gaming compact will allow the tribe to build three new casinos at the massive Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort, with exclusive rights to roulette, craps and sports betting in the state.
The deal also opens the door for former President Donald Trump to pursue a casino license at his Trump National Doral Miami golf resort and for billionaire Jeffrey Soffer to do the same at his Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel, without opposition from the tribe.
The agreement signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis is believed to be the largest and most expansive gaming compact with a tribe in the United States.
“It is a historic and mutually-beneficial partnership between the state and Seminole Tribe that will positively impact all Floridians for decades to come,” Seminole Chairman Marcellus Osceola Jr. said in a statement.
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Director of White House Council on Native American Affairs named
Anthony (Morgan) Rodman, Cherokee and Osage, has been named executive director of the White House Council on Native American Affairs, a role he held during the Obama-Biden administration.
“The White House Council on Native American Affairs represents an important piece of the administration’s commitment to tribal nations,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, council chair, said in a statement. “Morgan’s breadth of experience and previous leadership in this role will help him once again successfully lead the administration’s all-of-government approach to strengthening our nation-to-nation relationship with tribal governments.”
Rodman has been the acting director of the Indian Affairs Office of Indian Economic Development for the past two years.
Cherokee student chosen for university judicial branch
Dallas Bennett, a citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, was selected by the University of Miami Student Government to serve as a student government Supreme Court associate justice.
He is the first tribal citizen to serve in the role, according to a News@TheU article.
“I want to go to law school, so I thought supreme court would be a good way to get started,” Bennett said.
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Transportation Department announces $10 Million for tribal transit projects
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration announced the availability of $10 million in grant funding to support transit services for American Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages in rural areas.
The application period will close Aug. 25.
"We must ensure that the U.S. government is a true partner to tribal nations," Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a statement. "Supporting reliable and affordable public transit on tribal lands is one important step in building the transportation infrastructure that our tribal nations need and deserve."
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Most of the boarding schools are now closed, but many were built on lands allocated, granted or sold by the U.S. government, including some that had been tribal lands. Questions still linger about the properties.
Please use this form to provide Indian Country Today and reporter Stewart Huntington with details about any schools in your community. Help us find answers to what happened to the land.
Cyclists get set for 900 mile ride remembering Trail of Tears
Cherokee cyclists left Tahlequah, Oklahoma on Wednesday for the return of the “Remember the Removal” ride spanning more than 900 miles on the Trail of Tears northern route.
The annual ride was canceled last year due to the pandemic, according to FOX 23.
The cyclists left to meet up with others in North Carolina. They’ll begin their three-week ride on Monday in Georgia.
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From social media:
- Rebuilding for the centuries: Adobe block by block: Kewa Pueblo is restoring historic homes in its village with help from an architectural firm that's Pueblo woman-owned.
- Police investigating assault on tribal councilwoman: Silver Little Eagle, the youngest person ever elected to the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council, was a victim of a 'brutal unprovoked attack spurred by jealousy and hate.'
- Big offshore wind farms: Agreement for west coast opens door to a major expansion of offshore wind farms, adding to the two east coast wind farms operating offshore of Rhode Island and Virginia.
- Justices signal they could limit Indian Country ruling: The order makes it likely that the Supreme Court will weigh in soon on the extent of its 5-4 ruling last year in McGirt v. Oklahoma.
- Watch: Remembering Indian Country's fallen protectors: On our Memorial Day show we are taking a look at what the holiday means to Indian Country.
What we’re reading:
- Pacific Northwest’s ‘forest gardens’ were deliberately planted by Indigenous people.
- Gichi-ziibi now open: New arts center represents community partnerships, celebrates Native history.
- Brazil aerial photos show miners’ devastation of Indigenous people’s land.
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